Lisa Harris Jones
Founding Member/Attorney at Law
Although active in a variety of areas of the law, Ms. Jones concentrates her practice in lobbying, government relations and procurement. She has represented both publicly held and private enterprises, encompassing small and large business entities.
As an associate with the law firms of Shapiro and Olander (1993-1997) and Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC (1997-1999), Ms. Jones represented the City of Baltimore and many of its agencies and related quasi-public entities (i.e., the Department of Housing and Community Development and Community Development Financing Corporation), in complex real estate development and financing transactions.
In 2000, Ms. Jones opened up her own firm. Now, 16 years later, she remains the first and only African American female in the State of Maryland to operate her own legal practice with a focus in lobbying, government relations and procurement at both the state and local levels.
Through hard work and tireless advocacy, Ms. Jones is widely regarded as a lobbyist with the ability to effect real change in the legislative process, regardless of the size of her client or the perceived power of her opponent. As a result of her successful track record over the last six years, her clients have enabled her to become the first African American to be consistently ranked in the top five earning lobbyists in Maryland following the conclusion of each legislative session since 2009.
Currently, Ms. Jones and her team at HJM proudly serve for-profit, non-profit and governmental entities of varying sizes and resources on issues including, but not limited to, construction, energy, retail, education, public safety, healthcare, gaming, real estate, telecommunications, procurement, liquor licensing, corporate law, state funding for public and private development projects, taxation, labor, insurance, public interest and environmental law.
Among her many legislative accomplishments, Ms. Jones lobbied successfully for the passage of a priority lien bill on behalf of the Community Associations Institute Maryland Legislative Action Committee (“CAI”), an organization representing common ownership communities. For many years, CAI had battled with financial institutions over this important legislation. In only her second legislative session representing CAI, Ms. Jones was able to facilitate an agreement and secure the votes needed to pass the bill. This law allows condominium associations to recover up to four months of association fees at the time of a foreclosure sale. Hard hit by the downturn in the housing market, association fees are vital to the financial stability of all common ownership communities.
In the 2012 legislative session, Ms. Jones, Sean Malone and Ashlie Bagwell worked with a team of lobbyists, legislators and stakeholders to successfully pass Maryland’s historic marriage equality act. In 2013, Ms. Jones worked successfully on behalf of the American Chemistry Council to send legislation that would have banned the use of polystyrene products in Baltimore City back to a council committee to avoid a vote on the Baltimore City Council floor. If passed, this bill would have inflated the costs of many small businesses in Baltimore and potentially put them out of business. In 2014 and 2015, Ms. Jones represented over 40 clients in both legislative and procurement matters throughout Maryland.
Ms. Jones brings her legal background and ability to navigate government to the corporate board room. She serves on the Board of Directors for TravelCenters of America LLC. (NYSE: TA), a Fortune 500 company offering diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair facilities, convenience stores, and other services along the U.S. Interstate Highway System. In addition, Ms. Jones also serves on the Board of Directors for the Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH), a real estate investment trust consisting of independent living and assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes, wellness centers and medical office, clinic and biotech laboratory buildings located throughout the United States.
Ms. Jones is honored to have received the Friend of Dyslexia Award for Outstanding Dyslexia Advocacy in 2016 and the YWCA Greater Baltimore’s Special Leader Award in 2012. In 2009, she received The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award. She has also been named one of 50 Women to Watch in 2013 by The Baltimore Sun, one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2005 and 2009 by The Daily Record, 40 under 40 by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2001, the Top 25 Young Leaders to Watch by the Baltimore Times in 2002, and honored as a 21st Century Woman by the Maryland Coalition for Responsive Government in 2000.
Admitted to Practice
State of Maryland
American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (J.D.,1993)
University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1990)
Recognized as one of the 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors by Savoy Magazine; 2016 Recipient of the Friend of Dyslexia Award for Outstanding Dyslexia Advocacy; 2013 Recipient of the Top 100 MBEs by the City of Baltimore; Recognized as one of the 50 Women to Watch in 2013 by The Baltimore Sun; Recipient of the YWCA Greater Baltimore’s Special Leader Award in 2012; Recipient of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award in 2009; Recipient of Maryland’s Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises in 2006 and 2008 by The Daily Record and the Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs; Recipient of The Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women in 2005 and 2009; Baltimore Times’ 25 Young Leaders to Watch in 2002; Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, July 2001; Maryland Coalition of Women for Responsive Government, Inc.’s 21st Century Women, October 2000; Recipient of Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2010 Bridging the Gap Achievement Award
Member, Board of Directors to Everyman Theatre; Member, Board of Directors to The Family Tree; Member, Board of Trustees to The Odyssey School; Member, Mayor’s Advisory Council on Minority and Women Owned Business; Co-Chair, 2012 Journey Home Benefit Committee to raise funds for Baltimore City’s 10-year plan to end homelessness; Commissioner, Baltimore City Wage Commission; Member, City of Baltimore MBE/WBE Certification Appeals Board; Secretary, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Maryland Affiliate; President, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Inc; Board Member, Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development; Co-Chair, College Bound Mid – Summer Fest; Member, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter; Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Board Member, Hampden Family Center; Board Member, First Tee of Baltimore, Inc.; Member, Maryland Coalition of Women for Responsive Government, Inc. 21st Century Woman II
Independent Trustee, Senior Housing Properties Trust; Chair, SNH Nominating & Governance Committee; Member, Board of Directors of TravelCenters of America, LLC; National Bar Association; Monumental Bar Association; American Bar Association; Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia; and Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee, Maryland Government Relations Association
Recipient: American University Washington College of Law, Deans Fellowship for Research in Domestic and International Banking, 1991-1992; Women’s Law Association, Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin Scholarship, 1992; and Author: “The Civil Rights Act of 1991, The Compromise on Civil Rights,” American University Black Letter Law Journal (Spring 1992)